A Relictor Ancient- a WIP

It’s no secret that I love the old White Dwarf magazines, especially the ones around 2004-2005 when you had all the mad shit going down with the Inquisition and Sisters of Battle range, large manic battle reports and some pretty random articles mixed in. While I don’t hate the way that things are with the magazine these days, I read a lot of the beloved issues back in the day and still enjoy going back to them for inspiration and tips.

As I mentioned in a previous lore post, my main point of reference for the Relictors is White Dwarf #295, where they featured in Chapter Approved. This was the first time that I had encountered these Space Marines outside of the Armageddon codex, getting a taste of what a renegade Space Marine army was like.

standard bearer

Chapter Approved laid out the ground rules for using a Relictors army, and featured some relics that these Space Marines could take. Characters could have anything from a Dark Blade to a Pandemic Staff, to a Dread Axe even, all through the roll of a D6 before the game. What was also interesting is that the same applied to banners. Now, this was all under the notion that the player would have both the Space Marine and Chaos Space Marine codices to hand, one for selecting their army and the other to find out what bizarre side effects theses relics would conjure.

“Just as the senior members of the Relictors bear Daemon weapons to war, so too does the Chapter make use of captured banners, icons and standards, believing the unholy powers bound within these relics can be turned upon their erstwhile masters.” (pg. 73, White Dwarf #295)

This acted as an upgrade to a standard bearer, and so I thought that I would take the opportunity to customise a figure that I plan on using. I have put together an ancient for use in the backfield, making use of some extra pieces from the Blood Angels kit, sternguard kit and some old command squad gubbins that were lying around. In the spirit of the old mags, he is equipped with a Chaos banner.

The icon for Chaos Undivided is quite grisly, however it was the least offensive of the four available that I could find. Sure there’s an Imperial Guard skull and helmet lodged on the top, but the Relictors have slain members of the Guard in the past. If anything, they probably would have scoffed when they saw it!

I got the icon itself from eBay, the rest being built from spares. Gradually I’m wanting to whittle down the amount of loose marine parts that are kicking about and maximise any customisation and kitbashing that I can, maybe extending to creating a lieutenant or two as well. Time for painting has been minimal with exams popping up here and there, hence the small assembly projects on the side, but I plan to resume this coming week.

Thanks for stopping by!


5 thoughts on “A Relictor Ancient- a WIP

  1. Raichase

    Just wanted to swing by and drop in a note that I enjoy every post of this blog. It seems we’re cut from the same cloth, as the original WD article about the Relictors is what spurred my original 2000pt army back in 3/4/5th edition (I can’t remember specifically). Suffice to say, your blog spurs me to dust them off and start afresh with my improved painting skill! Keep up the good work!

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    1. dreadaxe Post author

      Thank you for the kind words, I’m very grateful. It was a brief and inspiring article certainly, one of the reasons I love WD from that era! I’d be really interested to see any of your work on the Relictors too. Thanks again!

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  2. tehlulzpare

    Man, I love the creativity on this blog. You’ve done the Relictors justice! Its a really good source of inspiration for those of us going Renegade Chapters as opposed to the Traitor Legions, and I like that these guys are not quite heretic, not quite imperial, but something else!

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    1. Steve Post author

      I do like how the Renegade Chapters can be interpreted in various ways, there are always a few methods to make them look less than squeaky clean 🙂 thanks for your kind words!


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